Scripture Verse

You were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18–19


Words: Anne Steele, Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al 1760.

Music: Wenn wir in höch­sten Nö­ten Ge­ne­van Psal­ter, 1547 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Steele (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Enslaved by sin and bound in chains,
Beneath its dread­ful ty­rant sway,
And doomed to ev­er­last­ing pains,
We wretch­ed, guil­ty cap­tives lay.

Nor gold nor gems could buy our peace,
Nor all the world’s col­lect­ed store
Suffice to pur­chase our re­lease;
A thou­sand worlds were all too poor.

Jesus the Lord, the migh­ty God,
An all-sufficient ran­som paid.
Invalued price, His pre­cious blood
For vile, re­bel­lious trai­tors shed.

Jesus the sac­ri­fice be­came
To res­cue guil­ty souls from hell;
The spot­less, bleed­ing, dy­ing Lamb
Beneath aveng­ing jus­tice fell.

Amazing good­ness! love di­vine!
O may our grate­ful hearts adore
The match­less grace, nor yield to sin
Nor wear its cru­el fet­ters more!

Dear Sav­ior, let Thy love pur­sue
The glo­ri­ous work it has be­gun,
Each sec­ret, lurk­ing foe sub­due,
And let our hearts be Thine alone.